Paper Presented at 26th EU PVSEC, Hamburg, Germany 2011
Solar energy support in the Asia–Pacific region
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Special Issue: 26th EU PVSEC, Hamburg, Germany 2011
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 785–800, September 2012
How to Cite
Avril, S., Mansilla, C. and Lemaire, T. (2012), Solar energy support in the Asia–Pacific region. Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl., 20: 785–800. doi: 10.1002/pip.1248
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 16 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 15 MAY 2011
- public policy;
The transition to a sustainable energy system now seems to be inevitable. The role of renewable energy sources in this mutation will be crucial. Amongst these, photovoltaic electricity has recently grown due to strong national policy support. Indeed, it appears as a good solution to substitute conventional fossil fuel, especially in the Asia–Pacific region where reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a real challenge.
This paper aims to review public support for photovoltaic energy by focusing on the policies of three emblematic developed countries of the Asia–Pacific region: Australia, Japan and Korea. The efficiency of these different policies is assessed by comparing their estimated total costs. These costs can have different origins: market incentives, demonstration programs and subsidies for research and development (R&D). The public investment was compared with installed capacities in order to evaluate the efficiency of the energy strategy.
The point made by this study is that a well-planned policy limiting unwanted side effects should be preferred. Even if expensive in the short term, innovative technologies are beneficial in the longer term, and thus R&D subsidies should be maintained. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.